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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Plan to Fail Today

"Plan to Fail Today" by Peter de Jager from the SLA Toronto Chapter publication, The Courier, Vol. 43, No. 1 (Fall 2005), Great article! Quote:

A culture of risk avoidance prevents us from even thinking about the new, the unfamiliar, and out of the ordinary ways of achieving our goals. It leads to a "leave well enough alone" and "if it isn't broke don't fix it" mentality, which serves only a single purpose, to ensure that what we did yesterday, is exactly what we do tomorrow and next week.

The reality is, we cannot practice innovation without increasing the risk of failure, and the more innovative the idea, the greater the risk. Sadly, most people will reject even the tiny risk associated with randomly selecting a new book to read, never mind the much larger risks involved in finding new solutions to real problems.


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